Did you know that your kitchen is a treasure house of some very valuable organic material that can help make the soil richer? Most of what goes in the trash holds a lot of value, if you properly segregate and use it.
The soil needs some special food to help it grow more food for us hungry souls. The wet waste you have in your kitchen can create some very rich top soil that you can use as a rich and organic fertilizer for your plants at home or in your society’s garden!
Confused? These super easy ways that we’re about to share with you will make it all seem simple, and we kind of think you’re going to try it at home too.
- Store all your food-based kitchen waste (such as peels, waste cooked food) in one container. Collect any dry garden waste, such as dried leaves, as well as saw dust and store it in a separate container. It’s okay even if you have only the kitchen waste. Now take an earthen pot (similar to the traditional ones you store water in during the summers) and make about five to six holes in it at various spots, so that it can freely circulate air. Add a layer of soil at the bottom of this pot to make the base.
- If you do have both the types of waste that we mentioned in the first point, place it in the pot in layers, with one layer of the kitchen waste and one layer of the garden waste, and keep repeating. If you have only kitchen waste, you can store it in the pot just like that. Now cover the opening of the pot with a plank of wood or a plastic sheet, so that it can hold moisture inside.
- Once every three to four days, take a stick and mix the contents a bit to help circulate air. You can also sprinkle some water in the waste to keep it moist. Depending on the weather, it will take about two to five months for your compost to get ready (hotter weather means it will happen faster, while cooler weather means it will take longer). You’ll be able to easily recognize the compost once it is done, as the contents will smell of earth and will look dark and crumbly.
An important thing to know here is that while your waste turns into compost, it will definitely emit a strong odor. If you have a balcony, terrace or any open area in your house, you could keep the compost pot there. In the absence of such open space, you can check if you could keep the pot in your society building’s terrace or any other area that is suitable.
Oh, just a rejoinder – composting at home is also a great way to reduce your city’s waste and give you access to more green spots and cleaner air. Sounds a great reason to try it at least once, doesn’t it? If you do compost at home, remember to share your story with us along with all the images, so that we can proudly share it here!
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